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Institute of Hygiene prepares practical, methodical and informational publications for public use. These publications in Lithuanian language can be downloaded free of charge from the Institute official website. List of publications is presented bellow.


PRACTICAL, METHODICAL AND INFORMATIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON OHS PUBLISHED BY THE INSTITUTE OF HYGIENE IN 2019:

V. Ivleva, V. Juškelienė. Grįžimo į darbą poonkologinės ligos organizavimo gairės, 2019. / V. Ivleva, V. Juškelienė. Guidelines for Organizing Return to Work after Oncological Disease, 2019.
Due to advanced medical technology and early diagnosis more and more oncology patients have the opportunity to return to work. However, due to illness and side effects of treatment, returnees are often less able to work than before illness.  The methodological guidelines describe the peculiarities of returning to work after oncological disease, present the difficulties experienced by patients and the factors that encourage returning to work.
Methodical recommendations have been prepared in accordance with the study “Returning to work after cancer: subjective experience of employees” 2018–2019. The information analyzed aims helping Lithuanian companies and organizations to ensure a smooth return to work for those affected by oncological disease. It could also contribute to education of the public and raise awareness of the needs of post-oncologic returnees, and to reduce cancer stigma and discriminatory treatment in the workplace. The methodological recommendations are intended for managers of companies and institutions, human resources and occupational health professionals and other persons who can contribute to the smooth return to work. They are also useful for oncology patients planning to return to work.
For more information contact: Viktorija Ivleva, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: viktorija.ivleva@hi.lt.

J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Kompiuterizuotos darbo vietos rizikos veiksnių identifikavimas, 2019. / J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Identification of risk factors in computer workstation, 2019.
Methodical recommendations have been prepared in accordance with adaptation study of computer workstation checklist for Lithuanian enterprises. The original checklist was development by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Executive practitioners’ experience in the office ergonomics.
Methodical recommendations have been prepared to use by employers, health and safety executive practitioners, occupational health specialists, who need to comply with the Health and Safety. It can be used as an aid to risk assessment of risk factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders related to computer work.
For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.


L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas.
Dirbančių asmenų, kuriems prieinamos profesinės sveikatos priežiūros paslaugos, dalies (procentais) rodiklio apskaičiavimas, 2019. / L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Calculation of the percentage of employed persons who have access to occupational health care services. Methodical recommendations, 2019.
Methodical recommendations have been prepared in the framework of the National Public Health Care Development Programme for the year 2016–2023. Their purpose of the recommendations is to ensure that the dynamics of the change in the percentage of employed persons who have access to occupational health services, i.e. services provided by occupational health care professionals, is monitored using a single indicator calculation methodology. Methodical recommendations are intended for specialists of state institutions planning to monitor the dynamics of the indicator.
For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.

 

PRACTICAL, METHODICAL AND INFORMATIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON OHS PUBLISHED BY THE INSTITUTE OF HYGIENE IN 2018:

V. Ivleva. Lanksčių darbo sąlygų organizavimas Lietuvoje veikiančiose įmonėse ir organizacijose. Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / V. Ivleva. Implementing flexible working arrangements in lithuanian companies and organisations. Methodical recommendations, 2018.
Flexible working arrangements may be considered as a contributing factor to the enhancement of employees' well-being and health. Potential advantages and disadvantages of flexible working as well as guidelines for proper implementation of such arrangements are presented.
Methodical recommendations prepared by the Institute of Hygiene are intended for managers and employers of  lithuanian companies and organizations, who are planning to implement flexible working arrangements.
Recommendations may be also useful for specialists, who are in charge of implementing health programs and organizing training courses in different companies and organizations.
For more information contact: Viktorija Ivleva, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: viktorija.ivleva@hi.lt.


L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas.
Mitybos ir fizinio aktyvumo žinių klausimyno taikymas sveikatai darbe stiprinti. Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Implementation of nutrition and physical activity knowledge questionnaire for occupational health promotion. Methodical recommendations, 2018.
The specialists of the Institute of Hygiene have prepared the methodological recommendations “Implementation of nutrition and physical activity questionnaire for health at work promotion”, addressed to public health bureaus and other specialists seeking to strengthen health at workplaces.
Inappropriate eating habits and low physical activity are currently one of the most pressing issues that should be addressed immediately, as they very much influence on human health and quality of life. The workplace is the ideal place for improving the health of adults of working age: many people of this age, including vulnerable groups, can be educated and motivated at the workplace.
In order to change the current situation, it is first of all useful to find out what people of working age know about healthy eating and physical activity, and whether they understand their importance correctly.
The recommendations present a questionnaire prepared after interviewing all 46 public health bureaus of the Lithuanian municipalities. It consists of two parts - knowledge of nutrition and physical activity. It is expected that the application of this questionnaire will allow to reveal problem areas (knowledge gaps), to plan interventions more effectively, to attract participants of organised interventions and to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions.
For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.


A. Abromavičiūtė. Pamaininis darbas ir sveikata. Informacinis leidinys, 2018. / A. Abromavičiūtė. Shift work and health. Informational publication, 2018.
According to research studies, shift work can have a negative impact on health and well-being in social, psychological and physical terms. Also shift workers are at greater risk of accidents. Proper shift work organisation, social support, a healthy lifestyle and its promotion are the important preventive measures that allow shift workers to work without major health problems.
The publication provides information on the impact of shift work and advice to employers and employees on the measures to be taken to ensure the health and well-being of shift workers.
For more information contact: Aneta Abromavičiūtė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. (370 5) 212 0861, e-mail: aneta.abromaviciute@hi.lt.


L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Darbuotojų antsvorį / nutukimą mažinančių individualaus konsultavimo intervencijų taikymas. Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Application of individual counselling interventions to reduce employees’ body mass index.Methodical recommendations, 2018.
The experts of the Institute of Hygiene, having analysed the studies carried out by foreign researchers, found that there is evidence that interventions that involve individual counselling can reduce employees’ body mass index. The purpose of these methodical recommendations is to introduce the specialists of Lithuanian companies to the principles of application of individual counselling interventions to reduce employees’ body mass index.
The recommendations are addressed to occupational health specialists working in Lithuanian companies (institutions), specialists of public health bureaus of Lithuania and the other specialists seeking to strengthen employees’ health.
For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.


G. Rožėnaitė, R. Šidagytė. Kaip mažinti karščio poveikio riziką dirbantiems lauke ir uždaroje patalpoje. Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / How to reduce the risk of heat exposure to outdoor and indoor workers. Methodical recommendations, 2018.
Due to the warming up of the climate, in the last five decades, the average air temperature in Lithuania has increased by 0.7-1.0°C. Lithuania is in the area of moisture excess because of many rivers, lakes, it often rains here. Therefore, the probability of a damaging heat is much higher than that of dry climates. Due to the above mentioned reasons, the Lithuanian population is not sufficiently adapted to the heat of the external environment. The heat in the workplace is a poorly accentuated, but vital risk factor for health.
The specialists of the Institute of Hygiene prepared the methodological recommendations that present the effects of heat as a risk factor on workers' health and measures to prevent heat-exposure, taking into account the nature of the workplace, i.e. when working outdoors or indoors. The recommendations provide information on how to recognise heat-related health disorders in time and how to provide the proper first-aid.
The recommendations are designed for occupational health specialists, occupational safety and health professionals, employers and employees.
For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. (370 5) 212 0861, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.

A. Žiedelis, B. Pajarskienė. Slaugytojų profesinio perdegimo prevencija sveikatos priežiūros įstaigose.
Metodinės rekomendacijos, 2018. / Nurses’ occupational burnout prevention in health care institutions. Methodical recommendations, 2018.
The main causes of occupational burnout are found in the work environment; therefore prevention of work environement risk factors is the best strategy to deal with burnout. Methodical recommendations prepared by the Institute of Hygiene are intended for managers, occupational safety and health specialists, psychologists and other professionals who are planning to organise the prevention of nurses’ occupational burnout in health care institutions. Recommendations may also be useful when organising other professionals’ burnout prevention both in health care and in other sectors.
For more information contact: Vida Juškelienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2817, e-mail: vida.juskeliene@hi.lt.



PRACTICAL, METHODICAL AND INFORMATIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON OHS PUBLISHED BY THE INSTITUTE OF HYGIENE IN 2017:

J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Viršutinių galūnių pasikartojančių užduočių vertinimas (ART priemonė). Vadovas darbdaviams, 2017. / J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Assessment of Repetitive Tasks of upper limbs (the ART tool). A guide for employers, 2017.
The purpose of using ART is to identify significant risks and then reduce the level of risk in the task. ART tool is most suited for tasks that: involve actions of the upper limbs; repeat every few minutes, or even more frequently; and occur for at least 1–2 hours per day or shift.
ART tool is made up of three sections: The assessment guide – this provides detailed information about how to use the tool, the risk factors and the assessment criteria; The flow chart – this provides an overview of the assessment process the task description form and score sheet – this provides a place to record information about the task as well as the findings of the assessment.
The assessment is split into four stages: Stage A: Frequency and repetition of movements; Stage B: Force; Stage C: Awkward postures; Stage D: Additional factors.
For each stage, follow the flow chart and/or assessment guide to determine the level of risk for each risk factor. The levels of risk are: “GREEN“- low level of risk, “AMBER“- medium level of risk – examine task closely, „RED“- high level of risk – prompt action needed. The task scores and exposure scores help prioritise those tasks that need most urgent attention and help check the effectiveness of any improvements. The colours assigned to the risk factors will help identify where to focus risk-reduction measures.
For more information contact: Jurate Tamasauskaite, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.

L. Pilipavičienė, S. Vainauskas. Improvement of health and safety culture in enterprises. Methodical recommendations, 2017.
The purpose of these methodical recommendations is to help enterprises to improve their health and safety culture. This is especially relevant in those enterprises where workers are at higher risk of work-related injuries or accidents due to being exposed to occupational risk factors (for example, in manufacturing enterprises). Hence, these recommendations are primarily aimed for use in such enterprises. The recommendations are adapted for small and medium-sized enterprises. They are intended for company managers and persons responsible for occupational health and safety. These recommendations can also be followed by various profile institutions.
For more information contact: Lolita Pilipavičienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: lolita.pilipaviciene@dmc.lt.

J. Tamašauskaitė, S. Vainauskas. Prevention of musicians’ musculoskeletal system disorders. Methodical recommendations, 2017.
The methodical recommendations introduce the most common play related musculoskeletal disorders and diseases of musicians. They provide acomprehensive list of musculoskeletal disorders and diseases associated with theusage of the musical instrument.The recommendations provide knowledge of occupational risk factors, preventive actionslevelsand explain the ways in which musculoskeletal disorders can be prevented.
The recommendationsare addressedto musicians, music school teachers and concert organisation managers, musician’s educators, family medicine providers and occupational physicians, occupational health specialists, occupational safety and health specialists.
For more information contact: Jurate Tamasauskaite, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2589, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.

S. Vičaitė. Regural exercising is part of your job. Informational publication, 2017.
The publication presents ideas for promoting physical activity in the workplace and the experience of Lithuanian enterprises. The purpose of this publication is to encourage other enterprices to find suitable and effective activities for the promotion of physical activity of employees. The Institute of Hygiene draws attention to the diversity of activities and initiatives without considering their effectiveness.For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. (370 5) 212 0861, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.

D. Gorobecienė, R. Šidagytė. How to recognise work related diseases. Recommendations to doctors, 2017.
The methodical recommendations provide brief information on the links between diseases and work environment (explain what is occupational disease and what is work-related disease); suggest what should be taken into account when collecting an occupational anamnesis; provide information on relevant work-related and occupational diseases. The methodical recommendations should be useful for doctors of various qualifications.
For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. (370 5) 212 0861, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.

 

PRACTICAL, METHODICAL AND INFORMATIONAL PUBLICATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON OHS PUBLISHED BY THE INSTITUTE OF HYGIENE IN 2016:

• Workplace stress management standards for you (download)

• A practical guide "Blykst!" on how to lead the discussions about creating workability and well-being at work is ready for use (download)

• How to promote employees’ well-being by creating work environment that facilitates reconciliation of work and private life.
For more information contact: Vida Juškelienė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Research, phone no. (370 5) 212 2817, e-mail: vida.juskeliene@hi.lt.
 
•  Application of Lithuanian Hygiene Norm HN 98: 2014 'Natural and artificial lighting of workplaces. Limit values and general requirements for measuring.

For more information contact: Jūratė Tamašauskaitė, Institute of Hygiene, Occupational Health Centre, Division of Occupational Health Innovations, phone no. (370 5) 212 0861, e-mail: jurate.tamasauskaite@hi.lt.